(A little long... sorry)
I've been given a new desktop PC at work to replace my (5 year old?) tower PC.
I have run Fedora/KDE for many years, but when previously given new hardware I
have tended to just copy the entire home directory to the new PC. Needless to
say, and with upgrading Fedora from the command-line rather than fresh
installations, a lot of guff has no doubt accumulated in directories and config
For that reason I decided that I would perform a fresh installation this time.
So, next was to see how to export my desktop and panel settings. I was a bit
surprised to see no way of doing this at all. I appreciate that I will have to
export/import settings for various apps that I use - like evolution and firefox
(okay so neither of those is a KDE app!) - but I would have thought KDE would
have something similar.
Googling about this it seems that people have asked for this, but, as far as I
can tell, nothing has happened with it. I noticed
but this is almost 10 years old now, and seems to have made no progress.
I'm not looking to just 'backup' the settings though, I already did that when
backing up the whole home directory. What I would like is something that
exports modified settings, and which I can then import on the upgraded O/S. (So
export on Fedora 29; import on Fedora 30.) The import though would check the
settings to see if they are still valid, and perform some action - even just a
message would be fine - so that the setting can be removed or adjusted as
required. That way no guff should be left around.
Anyway, anyone any advice or know of any progress on this at all?
My current thoughts are to just go for a completely fresh start, and go through
various settings when I feel they need adjusting. I'll keep a note of them for
next time though :-)
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Just moved from Fedora 21 to F25. Under F21 I had a file ~/.gtkrc-2.0 which contained
gtk-key-theme-name = "Emacs"
This enabled basic Emacs cursor motion keyboard commands in text input boxes throughout KDE,
Firefox, &c. (Outside of input boxes, KDE shortcuts ruled.)
How can I get this same behaviour for Plasma 5 w/in F25? From reading around, I've created
gtk-key-theme-name = Emacs
in this empty file. This has given the desired result in Firefox and Thunderbird,
but not w/in arbitrary text boxes in KDE (e.g. Alt-F2). The ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file is still
intact, by the way. It seems to have no effect. Any ideas?
On Fri, 2019-05-17 at 01:09 +0200, Reindl Harald wrote:
> Am 17.05.19 um 00:46 schrieb Patrick O'Callaghan:
> > On Thu, 2019-05-16 at 15:37 -0500, Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
> > > > > > > > "PO" == Patrick O'Callaghan <pocallaghan(a)gmail.com> writes:
> > >
> > > PO> [...] so I may just leave it for now as I don't want to lose the
> > > PO> background database updating (which I had thought was a function of
> > > PO> dnf proper, but apparently isn't).
> > >
> > > Isn't that what dnf-makecache.timer does? systemctl list-timers and see
> > > if it's enabled. Runs ten minutes after boot and every hour after that,
> > > and just does "dnf makecache --timer". Or is that not the database
> > > updating you were expecting dnf to do? All you need to do is enable and
> > > start the timer:
> > >
> > > systemctl enable dnf-makecache.timer
> > > systemctl start dnf-makecache.timer
> > Yes, that is enabled. I was confused because on trying to remove
> > dnfdragora-updater I get:
> > I mistakenly thought that dnfdaemon was what handled the background
> > updating, but apparently not.
> amazing given that how many years are you now active on fedora
> mailing-lists and still no clue or development of knowledge
Unlike some, I don't claim to know everything. I also believe that the
best way to get answers is to ask questions.
After updating from F29 to F30, I now find that dnfdragora is running
in my KDE/Plasma session. I prefer to update my system from the command
line, so would like to inhibit this, but I don't see where it's being
It's not among the Autostart apps, and 'systemctl|grep dnfdragora'
A hint would be welcome.
I got a crash with kontact/kmail with the latest updates applied:
It seems that the latest code triggers an assert in the malloc (I left this
same information in the icu at bodhi).
My workaround for the moment was to downgrade libicu to the previous version,
For reference I get this:
$ gdb /usr/bin/kontact
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Reading symbols from /usr/bin/kontact...
(No debugging symbols found in /usr/bin/kontact)
Missing separate debuginfos, use: dnf debuginfo-install
Starting program: /usr/bin/kontact
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
Using host libthread_db library "/lib64/libthread_db.so.1".
[New Thread 0x7fffdc50d700 (LWP 5259)]
[New Thread 0x7fffda873700 (LWP 5260)]
[New Thread 0x7fffd8c34700 (LWP 5261)]
kontact: malloc.c:2389: sysmalloc: Assertion `(old_top == initial_top (av) &&
old_size == 0) || ((unsigned long) (old_size) >= MINSIZE && prev_inuse
(old_top) && ((unsigned long) old_end & (pagesize - 1)) == 0)' failed.
Thread 1 "kontact" received signal SIGABRT, Aborted.
0x00007ffff6750eb5 in raise () from /lib64/libc.so.6
#0 0x00007ffff6750eb5 in raise () from /lib64/libc.so.6
#1 0x00007ffff673b895 in abort () from /lib64/libc.so.6
#2 0x00007ffff679a5f9 in __malloc_assert () from /lib64/libc.so.6
#3 0x00007ffff679c7af in sysmalloc () from /lib64/libc.so.6
#4 0x00007ffff679db75 in _int_malloc () from /lib64/libc.so.6
#5 0x00007ffff679ed3f in malloc () from /lib64/libc.so.6
#6 0x00007ffff5014e44 in icu_63::UnicodeSet::ensureBufferCapacity(int) ()
#7 0x00007ffff50156cc in icu_63::UnicodeSet::add(int const*, int, signed
char) () from /lib64/libicuuc.so.63
#8 0x00007ffff50159eb in icu_63::UnicodeSet::addAll(icu_63::UnicodeSet
const&) () from /lib64/libicuuc.so.63
#9 0x00007ffff501137f in
icu_63::SymbolTable const*, icu_63::UnicodeString&, unsigned int,
icu_63::UnicodeSet& (icu_63::UnicodeSet::*)(int), int, UErrorCode&) () from /
#10 0x00007ffff5011a2d in
icu_63::ParsePosition&, icu_63::SymbolTable const*, UErrorCode&) ()
#11 0x00007ffff5011af8 in
icu_63::UnicodeSet::applyPattern(icu_63::UnicodeString const&, UErrorCode&) ()
#12 0x00007ffff5011bfb in icu_63::UnicodeSet::UnicodeSet(icu_63::UnicodeString
const&, UErrorCode&) () from /lib64/libicuuc.so.63
#13 0x00007fffef5bf928 in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#14 0x00007fffef5bfa3e in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#15 0x00007fffef5bfa8f in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#16 0x00007fffef6ee76b in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#17 0x00007fffef6ee94e in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#18 0x00007fffef6ef20c in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#19 0x00007fffef6ef2b2 in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#20 0x00007fffed38ab3b in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#21 0x00007fffef6f16d3 in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#22 0x00007fffed3387bd in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#23 0x00007fffeef10692 in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#24 0x00007fffed3a4143 in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#25 0x00007fffed3a53f4 in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineCore.so.5
#26 0x00007ffff6088d77 in ?? () from /lib64/libQt5WebEngineWidgets.so.5
#27 0x00007ffff60899e3 in QWebEnginePage::QWebEnginePage(QObject*) () from /
#28 0x00007ffff7f4d36f in ?? () from /lib64/libkontactprivate.so.5
#29 0x00007ffff7f4d72c in ?? () from /lib64/libkontactprivate.so.5
#30 0x00007ffff7f4e533 in Kontact::MainWindow::initAboutScreen() () from /
#31 0x00007ffff7f551cf in Kontact::MainWindow::initWidgets() () from /lib64/
#32 0x00007ffff7f553ab in Kontact::MainWindow::initGUI() () from /lib64/
#33 0x00007ffff7f57085 in Kontact::MainWindow::MainWindow() () from /lib64/
#34 0x000055555555adc2 in ?? ()
#35 0x00007ffff7f26d55 in
KontactInterface::PimUniqueApplication::start(QStringList const&, bool) ()
#36 0x0000555555559be8 in ?? ()
#37 0x00007ffff673cf33 in __libc_start_main () from /lib64/libc.so.6
#38 0x000055555555a4ee in _start ()
If I boot the live USB of the KDE / Fedora 30 the gui quickly freezes
up requiring a reboot.
But if I boot the regular F30 Workstation / Gnome version I can
install and use (at least Gnome) fine.
Any suggestions on where to start looking, or what to bugzilla?
I know that RHEL8 isn't out yet, but I'd like to run KDE on my RHEL8
Beta. Even if it's just the basic KDE desktop.
I'm fine building it myself, but I'm having a hard time figuring out
the rebuild flow.
If I (or anyone) were to rebuild KDE for RHEL8, where do I start? and
then what's next?
There are base QT5 packages in RHEL8 beta. Do you think I would need
to rebuild QT5? Or just start with RHEL8's QT5 packages.
Yesterday I have installed the latest F30 from the KDE Live media onto
my laptop, and so far it works great. The only problem I have is the
functionality of the "menu" key (sitting in between the AltGr and
right Ctrl keys on my keyboard).
Apparently, pressing that key gives a popup menu at the position of the
mouse pointer, as if I have pressed the right mouse button. In my
usecase, this behavior is useless (I use two-finger tap on the
touchpad to invoke that menu), so I want to reassign the menu key to do
something else (such as opening the KDE application menu or whatever
However, if I try to assign that key to any shortcut, instead of
capturing the keypress, the popup menu appears instead.
My google-fu failed me, since searching for anything involving "menu
key" brings up a bunch of hits describing how to assign some key
to open a menu, instead of talking about the menu key.
The only relevant suggestion I found was to reassign the keycode of the
menu key to some nonexisting regular key like F13, using xmodmap. But
this seems to be a kludge, and I'm wondering if there is a "proper" way
in Plasma to configure the behavior of the menu key.
This issue is a reappearance of an old bug  from 2008, which seems to
have been resolved in 2015, but apparently regressed again in the
On F30, I am trying again kde on wayland. This time, it seems to be quite
usable! I need the virtual screens, and I'm happy to see this feature is
Unfortunately, I also need x2goclient, which segfaults on kde wayland
client. So I guess I'll have to wait some more.